|KVN team from Abkhazia failed to come to festival in Jurmala because Latvia refused to give visas|
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|Monday, 01 August 2011 23:29|
From July 7 to July 20 Abkhazian artists waited for a positive response from the Latvian Embassy in Moscow, the Representative Office of Abkhazia in Moscow and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Abkhazia had joined the process. Hoping that the Latvian diplomats would still issue visas for the Abkhazian residents, they had to wait for them two more weeks; however, their attempts to obtain permission to enter the Baltic republic had failed, the RIA "Novosti" reports.
On July 29, the Abkhazian Foreign Minister Maxim Gvindzhiya met with the KVN team "Sledges from Abkhazia" and expressed his indignation at the actions of the Latvian leadership. "Abkhazia annually receives more than one thousand seasonal workers from this European country, who send money every month to support their families at home... This is not the first case of the open hostile attitude to Abkhazia on the part of the Latvian authorities, acting on the orders of the Georgian leadership," the Abkhazian MFA's website quotes Mr Gvindjiya's speech.
Source: Caucasian Knot
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